If you have booked a cruise to Norway then Trondheim may be one of the ports you will visit. Princess, Fred. Olsen, Cunard and P&O all cruise to Trondheim. This guest post by travel blogger, Mari Auranaune, offers a unique local’s guide to how best to spend 12 hours in this Norwegian port.
You made it to Trondheim! This beautiful city is characterised by its history and was founded over 1000 years ago. People from all over the world travel to Trondheim to follow the pilgrimage route to Nidarosdomen, as thousands of pilgrims have done before them during the Middle Ages. Within walking distance of each other, you’ll find most of the city’s landmarks in the city centre.
The fortress of Kristiansten was built over 300 years ago by orders from the king, as a part of the reconstruction of the city. The fortress hasn’t been in military use since World War II and is now protected by the Cultural Heritage Act. It’s still saluted from the canons on royal birthdays and Norway’s national day. Now it’s mainly used as a museum and tourist attraction, and a perfect way to get an exceptional view over the city.
Bakklandet is a neighborhood along the riverside in the city center of Trondheim. It’s well known for its old wooden houses, that takes you centuries back in time. Stroll along the cobblestone streets, visit the local shops and study the well-preserved houses.
The best place to eat lunch: Bakklandet! Pick one of the many cafes and coffee shops in this neighborhood.
At the end of the streets of Bakklandet, there’s a bridge that unites Bakklandet with the famous church Nidarosdomen. Gamle Bybro is also referred to as “Lykkens Portal” (the gate of happiness). The bridge is over 150 years old and one of Trondheim’s most unique landmarks. Gamle Bybro and the river Nidelva has a lot of meaning to Trondheim. The river also has its own song, about how silent and beautiful it is.
On the other side of the river, you’ll see the magnificent cathedral Nidarosdomen. In my opinion as a local, this is Trondheim’s main attraction and a place not to miss. The church was built over the burial site of King Olav II (Olav the Holy), and it’s said that his remains still lies somewhere under the church floors.
From the main facade, you’ll get a stunning view of the rose window and the magnificent carvings. The entire wall is filled with 57 sculptures of kings, prophets, baptists, apostles, and biblical figures such as Adam and Eve, Jesus, and Moses. Take a moment and study them, maybe you’ll recognise some of them?
Trondheim Torg is Trondheim’s town square. Through the year they put up several markets, such as farmer’s market and Christmas market. The most beautiful time of the year is, without doubt, the Christmas time when they put up and decorate a 20-metre high Christmas tree! There are also lots of booths selling food, knitwear, soaps, and decorations. If you want to go shopping, there are several shopping malls in the town square as well.
The best place to eat dinner: Tyholttårnet is a 120 metre high telecommunications and radio tower. Inside the tower, there’s a large restaurant. What’s special about it, is that it rotates 360 degrees an hour! By dining here, you’ll get a spectacular, panoramic view from your table, along with excellent food. Tyholttårnet is a 40-minute walk from the town square, but you can also take the bus or taxi to get there.
If a Fjords cruise is on your bucket list then take a look at the other popular destinations you can visit. Travel2Next has created a guide to Norway cruising that worth a read.
Thank you so much to Mari for this guest blog post, it’s great to get a local’s perspective of a cruise port to ensure you get to see the best of a destination if you have limited time ashore.You can learn more about the destinations that Mari has visited including travel tips by following her adventures on Instagram.